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Since 1999, The Crucible has brought our community of artists, neighbors, families, students, and makers together for events ranging from artists’ talks and demos to fire performances, benefits, and community open houses. In-person events are all currently suspended due to the shelter-in-place mandate. For updates about all upcoming events, subscribe to our newsletter.

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Evening at The Crucible – May 2010

Demos, Discounts and Drinks! Friday, May 14, 2010 6:30 – 9:30PM Converge with Crucible faculty at our industrial arts facility to ignite your creativity. Instructors will be on hand to divulge age-old techniques in jewelry making, hot metal foundry pours and neon. You will learn how artists, limited only by what they can imagine, use these techniques to transform a lump of cold hard metal or glass into an amazing work of art. Works by these artists will be on display, and you can enjoy adult libations from our bar while hanging out with some interesting and inventive folks. Check out information about our great classes, and if you’re a new student or Crucible member, you can also get discounts for class tuition. Music for this evening’s event will be provided by Billy Hiebert. {youtube}nteRVg5ESw8{/youtube} video by Monet Allard We are located just two blocks from West Oakland BART Station.

Spring Open House 2010

2010 Spring Open House Celebrating Student and Faculty Art Saturday, April 17, 2010 • 12 to 4PM FREE Admission Join us this Saturday afternoon as we roll open our doors to show you what we are all about! Don’t Miss… Demonstrations: We will have live demonstrations happening all through out our studio and invite you to explore our space, experience live demos and feel free to ask staff, faculty and volunteers questions. This year our Stone Carving yard is open in the back lot, just follow the signs through our rental studios to out back. Fire Demos: We will be having students from our Art of Fire Dancing class show off their skills spinning fiery poi as well as a fire eating and breathing demo. Open Studios: This year our private studio renters are opening their studios up for all to see. Check out their work and workspaces. Art Show: There will be an art show featuring work from Crucible students, faculty and staff. Don’t miss the neon pieces on display in our Caboose as well as through out the main event space. Class Discount: The hottest part of our open house is a 20% off class tuition discount for spring classes available Saturday only for Members and New Students. To receive the discount you must register at the Open House Registration Desk. Drawings: There will be a drawing for free vintage Crucible event t-shirts as well as free tuition on a Crucible Class. Fill out the entries at the front entrance when you get here. Bicycle Shop: We will have bicycles for all ages and sizes for sale in our Bike Shop on Saturday too. If you need a new ride, stop by and support our bike program with your purchase. They’re perfect for the playa! Youth Summer Camp Tour: At 12:10 sharp we will be doing a tour of our facility, pointing out the amazing classes for youth this summer. Please sign up before hand, as space is limited. PLUS SO MUCH MORE… Photo Gallery – Click Here for Pictures from 2009 Spring Open House     Interested in Youth Summer Camp? Take our Youth Summer Camp Preview Tour on April 17, 2010 at 12PM If you know a young artist (ages 8 to 18) who might enjoy a class at The Crucible, here’s your chance to find out more about our youth classes and camps and the people who teach them.  On April 17, 2010 at 12:10PM, The Crucible  is hosting a tour for families who are interested in our classes, workshops, and camps. This introduction to The Crucible includes a tour of the facility from 12:10 to 1:10PM. Set during our Open House, families can then enjoy all of our exciting demonstrations. The Crucible offers courses not available in schools, typical summer camps or art programs. Here young people 8 to 18 learn to bend metal, shape glass, and control fire; exploring electronics, art, science and much more through age-appropriate classes in a safe, supportive environment. […]

Cast

The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery presents March 18 – May 7, 2010 Opening Reception – March 18th – 6-9PM   Join us for the opening reception of the latest group exhibition at our gallery in downtown Oakland. Historically, casting has been known as a manufacturing process for metal, but casting is also widely used with glass, concrete, plaster, plastic resin and other materials. ‘Cast’ highlights Bay Area artists’ varied explorations in art utilizing the casting processes. Location: Oakland’s Historic Cathedral Building 1603 Broadway @ Telegraph Oakland, CA (map)Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 11AM – 2PM First Fridays 6-9PMArtists Included: Adrianne Crane • Alex Smith • Alexis Arnold • Anne Maris • Beckey Kaye • Billy Hiebert • Carrie Jurney • Davis Zwicky • Denise Snaer-Gauder • Janet Hiebert • Keith Gall • Kier Lugo • Kitty Hundley • Laura Garnish • Laura Van Duren • Lee Granberg • Marcelo Lund-Montano • Marco Cochrane • Noah Sakamoto • Peter Kropf • Ron Carter • Shenny Philips Cruces • Stavroula Kolitsopoulos • Tracy Jacobs • Warren {morfeo 30} photos by Jan Schlesinger

Evening at The Crucible – February 2010

Demos, Discounts and Drinks! February 26, 2010 6:30 – 9:30PM Free Admission On February 26, converge with Crucible faculty at our industrial arts facility to ignite your creativity. Instructors will be on hand to divulge age-old techniques in blacksmithing, glass flameworking and welding. You will learn how artists, limited only by what they can imagine, use these techniques to transform a lump of cold hard metal or glass into an amazing work of art. Works by these artists will be on display, and you can enjoy adult libations from our bar while hanging out with some interesting and inventive folks. Check out information about our great classes, and if you’re a new student or Crucible member, you can also get discounts for class tuition. Demonstarations by: Blacksmithing — Chris Neimer & Carla Hall Glass Flameworking — Tara Murray & Lance Wright Welding: ARC, MIG, TIG —  Jim Pacheco & Tory Fink We are located just two blocks from West Oakland BART Station. Sponsors

Metal vs. Wood

The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery presents January 21 – March 5, 2010 Opening Reception – January 21st 6-9PM   The Crucible’s art gallery in Oakland’s historic Cathedral Building, at the triangle between Broadway and Telegraph Avenues, announces its first exhibition of the new year. “Metal vs. Wood/ Wood vs. Metal” is a group exhibition “showdown” featuring new works of art of metal and/or wood. Both media are rooted in tradition and history, and have been utilized for their material qualities for millennia, yet contemporary artists tend to gravitate towards working with one or the other. Encompassing a diversity of techniques, such as joinery, carving, turning, welding, forging, pouring, and machining, Metal vs. Wood showcases work that pushes the boundaries of what these materials have to offer.     Location: Oakland’s Historic Cathedral Building 1603 Broadway @ Telegraph Oakland, CA (map) Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 11AM – 2PM First Fridays 6-9PM Artists Included: James Austin • Clifford Bohm • Don Braden • Charles Cantero • Ilana Caplan • Ben Carpenter • Patricia Chavez • Elise Cirelli • Edward Clapp • Luke Damiani • Laura de Anna • Denise DeRose • Sabrina Fadial • Tory Fink • Jonathan Grover • Colin Harris • Shawn HibmaCronan • Jason Hicky • Celeste Howell • Damon Hyldreth • Liz Judkins • Suzanne Kehr • Peter Kropf • Lorenzo La Bianca • Ara Yun Meng • Chris Neimer • Marcus Papay • Charles Quibell • Benjamin Silva • Partick Stafford • Carol Swift • Jason Takeuchi-Krist • James Watts • Matt Wolpe {morfeo 31} photos by Becca Jay

Hot Couture 2013 Call for Artists

Something amazing is in the works at The Crucible. For the second time in our history, we’re launching an event bringing the creativity, skill and glamour of high fashion together with the strength, power and volatility of the industrial arts. Introducing HOT COUTURE: A Fusion of Fashion and Fire. As our 14th year anniversary event, Hot Couture seeks teams of designers to collaborate and design industrial haute couture. Our event concept is to blend the intensity and craft surrounding true French haute couture with the raw energy and materials found in the industrial arts. We’re calling for fashion designers to pair with industrial artists to use talents from both fields to create bold design, visionary fashion, and accessories that can only exist in this rare coupling of worlds. Leather, metal, paper, stone, silk, fire, electricity… All materials and methods of beautifully integrating them with the human form are up for grabs. The supporting event will be produced in proper Crucible style, with a focus on industrial elements set to a backdrop of metal and fire. Once the show run has completed, all pieces will be included in a moving art installation as part of a set of exhibits in museums throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We are currently seeking submissions and team proposals from fashion designers and industrial artists. Interested participants should click here to fill out our proposal form. Requirements Design teams much produce a minimum of four complete looks for the show. Looks must be imaginative and well executed. Wearable is a guideline; we are looking for fashion sculpture. All designs should be flame resistant. Event Details The dates for the show will be Friday and Saturday nights, January 11th and 12th, 2013. The Crucible will provide a materials stipend for each team selected. The Crucible will own the works after the show. All artists and designers will be credited for their work. HOT COUTURE: A Fusion of Fashion and Fire fashion is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss. We’re looking forward to supporting you and your team, and we’d like to get started as soon as possible. For information on haute couture and it’s place in France’s fashion DNA, Vanity Fair has this: http://www.vanityfair.com/style/features/2009/09/couture200909  Interested in participating? Click here to fill out our proposal form!  

Holiday Gifty Art Sale 2009

Hot for the Holidays! Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2009 10AM – 4PM Vendors – Applications Closed Art Show – Call For Artists – Apply Here Shopping at the mall was never like this! Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area’s most unusual holiday celebration. Whatever holiday you celebrate, spark it up with a visit to The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration. Shop for unique and affordable gifts created by over 70 Bay Area artisans, and experience the excitement of our 56,000 sq. ft. studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly. • Handmade jewelry, glass creations, sculpture, clothing, ceramics and more • Demonstrations of glass blowing, metal casting, and blacksmithing from 11AM to 3PM • The Crucible’s Bike Shop with be selling Bicycles of all sizes • Family friendly performances • Santa arrives at 1PM • Prize drawing at 3PM each day; grand prize drawing Sunday • Refreshments and holiday treats • Learn about classes and workshops that will ignite your own creativity! And the best part…FREE admission! Check us out last year on ABC 7 News! Picture Gallery from 2008 Gifty Vendors – Applications Closed Art Show – Applications Closed   photos by Becca Jay VENDORS CERAMICS Aaron Vonk Catherine Bildhauer Moriah Hart VAM Pottery CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES Alpaca by Karim bunnywarez Carolyn Yugo Daphne Ruff dorklandia Field Day Wearables fiftyseven-thirtythree King Bag Company Like Minded People Lucky Space Monkey Mani Padma O’Lover Hats Recession Clothing RocknSock Sew is Your Face! SuperSugarRayRay THREAD together JEWELRY Asti Glass Design Baja Nights Jewelry Beadzilla Jewelry Creations Beauty and the Beads of Santa Fe in Berkeley Bobbie’s Baubles Colleen Mauer Designs D.A.C. Metals Found Treasures Fun Girls Jewelry Heart’s Desire Jewelry Heidi Tarver Hilary Engelman Design Juni Bee Jewelry Just ‘Cause Custom Jewelry Liz Oppenheim Jewelry Made With Molecules Mangosteen melissa muszynski Paula Chan Design Studio Pretty in Sterling Rosemary Dudley Designs Shaya Durbin Jewelry Silver Productions Singhar Jewelry Squishy Sushi Turning Heads YoLa Jewelry Art   GLASS Alley Kat Designs Analia Morris April Zilber DaVidRo Fireworks Glass Studio LLC McKeever Studios Meri Page Design Nightside Studios Tara Murray Art Glass WOOD Brad Adams Joey Gottbrath Turned Wood Gallery METAL Aimee Golant: Metal Art & Judaica Red Frog Metal Design Rusty Noodle Studios Bicycles by The Crucible Bike Shop PHOTOGRAPHY & PAPERWORKS Crafts by Redvelvet Elaine Chu Graphic Design Mi Vida Creations MilleFeuille Photography Ray Maseman – Printmaker SPA PRODUCTS By Nieves Wisdom by Wisdom Natural Soaps MIXED/MISC. Anna Yates Elementary School Dina Rubiolo East Bay Express Kevin McElroy & Elizabeth Serage Praise the Gourd Tomye’ Et Al FOOD Brittany Crepes Liba katie’s Espresso Express  

Holiday Gifty Art Sale 2010

Hot for the Holidays! Friday, December 10, 2010 (Preview Night) 7-10PM • $10 at Door / Free Admission for Crucible Members Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2010 10AM – 4PM • Free Admission for all Press Release (PDF) Event Poster (JPG) Shopping at the mall was never like this! Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area’s most unusual holiday celebration. On Friday night we have our first ever special preview night with live music, adult beverages and first crack at the fabulous gifty items. This evening is free to Crucible members, so become a member now or at the door to start reaping the rewards of your member benefits! Then on Saturday and Sunday we have the most unique holiday shopping experience around. Shop for affordable handcrafted gifts created by over 70 Bay Area artisans, and experience the excitement of our 56,000 sq. ft. studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly. Kinetic Steam Works will also be on hand with their large steam powered tracker “Pappy” to usher in a very important guest. Holiday Gifty Features: • Over 70 amazing artisans selling handmade gifts • Exciting live industrial art demonstrations in welding, blacksmithing, glass blowing and more • Bicycles for all ages will be for sale in The Crucible’s Bike Shop • Fabulous family friendly stage performances • A visit from Santa at 1PM (Saturday & Sunday Only) • Spectacular Art Lottery • Tasty refreshments and holiday treats • An opportunity to talk and interact with our instructors, students and staff to learn more about The Crucible, sign up for classes, or purchasing a gift certificate • Kinetic Steam Works “Pappy” (Saturday & Sunday Only) • Destiny – Harpist from the Hood (Friday Only) • Fiddlerats (Saturday Only) • Fade2Black Youth Jazz Ensemble (Sunday Only) Whatever holiday you celebrate, spark it up with a visit to The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration. Picture Gallery from 2009 Holiday Gifty Also Not To Be Missed…Register for a class at Holiday Gifty and save 20% or even 25% off class tuition for the winter quarter.– New students receive a 20% discount– Crucible members receive a 25% discount* Class cost comprises tuition and studio costs; discount is on tuition only. Discount cannot be applied to classes for which you have already registered. There is limited space for discounted tuition available in each class, and this offer cannot be combined with any other offers, volunteer/intern hours or coupons. Not good for Family Fun Weekends, Tasters, Labs or CREATE access. photos by Becca Jay & Matthew Silvey Vendors *Vendors being added daily… CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES Alpaca by Karim AllOneWord Bunnywarez DandyLion Press Daphne Ruff Field Day Wearables fiftyseven-thirtythree King Bag Company Korrupt Label Like Minded People O’Lover Hats RocknSocks Stay in the Light SuperSugarRayRay Susan Eastman The Window Lady Warm It Up JEWELRY Anthony Rees Art & Design Artisans at Mooseworks Asti Glass Design Bobbie’s Baubles Celtica Jewelry Colleen Mauer Designs […]

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The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery presents November 6 – December 31, 2009 We will be open for First Friday 1/1/10! Artists Include: Alex Nielsen • Billy Hiebert • Bobby Jean • Bruk Dunbar • Christopher Flores • Courtney Johnson Ilana Crispi • Janet Hiebert • Jenean Smith • Kathleen Watson Laura van Duren • Mari Chovan-Upton Richard Friedman • Sabrina Fadial • Sharon Nelson • Susan Boggiano • Susannah Israel Tachina Rudman-Young • Tara Murray • William Rose III • and more..   Gallery Hours: 1st Friday’s 6-9PM 3rd Thursday’s 6-9PM Every Tuesday and Thursday 11AM-2PM Address: 1615 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 Map More Info: (510) 444-0919 [email protected] Right by the 19th Street BART Station.   {morfeo 29} photos by Jan Schlesinger, Jennifer Harrity and Suzanne Kehr

Newsletter October 09

FEATURE Fall Classes in Full Swing If you’re missing the heat of summer, then come to The Crucible to get up close and personal with a kiln, torch, furnace, or flame and ignite your creativity. There are classes to suit just about anyone’s schedule, including several NEW classes just added. Download (pdf) Fall Class Schedule CLASSES Halloween Family Fun Weekend Saturday & Sunday – Oct 31 & Nov 1 Halloween Family Fun Weekend classes offer a family member discounted tuition when you take a class together. The tuition is for one adult and one child age 12 and up. As far as family goes, you define family, not us. So why stop at carving a pumpkin when you can carve hot metal! Check out what we still have open below: Introduction to Blacksmithing Glass Flameworking Introduction to Jewelry & Metals (A) Introduction to Welded Sculpture Introduction to MIG Welding Beginning TIG Woodturning BACK TO TOP New Classes Coming This Fall! In Blacksmithing Forgewelding Weekend Intensive, Oct. 24-25 This advanced blacksmithing skill has long been the mark of “expert status” in metalworking and is often used in bladesmithing. In Ceramics Create a Blessing Bowl 2 Sundays, Nov. 8 & 15 In this class you’ll experience the special joy of giving and receiving, while you learn basic ceramic skills. In Hot Wheels Bike Mechanic Workshop 3 Sessions, starts Oct. 17 You will leave this class with your bike deep and completely tuned up, as well as a solid working knowledge of bike repair. In Moldmaking Life Casting 5 Sessions, starts Nov. 3. In this class you will learn the basics of creating a negative mold to make your unique sculpture using the human form. In Resources for Artists Discovering the Artist in You 5 Sessions, starts Oct. 22. Access your creativity and find your muse through a unique approach that includes movement, breath awareness and lots of engaging materials. In Textiles T-Shirt Reconstruction 3 Sessions, starts Nov. 10. Learn how to re-size, cut and convert your old clothes and transform them into new and exciting garments. BACK TO TOP Weekend Warriors Do you have a free weekend coming up? Are you looking for something to do? Do you just need to get those creative juices flowing? Check out these fun weekend possibilities: October 10-11 Stilt Walking October 17-18 Glass Flameworking Lab Sheet Metal Forming with Evan Wilcox Copyright Law for Artists (Saturday only) October 24-25 Forgewelding Intro to Rubber Mold Making for Jewelry (Saturday only) Gemology (Sunday only) October 31-November 1 A Primer in 3D Enameling (Saturday only) Fearless Fire Eating Introduction to Glass Blowing November 7-8 Foundry – Patinas Made Easy Advanced Glass Marble Making Techniques Jewelry – Introduction to Art Silver Clay Making Your Own Jewelry Stamping Tools (Saturday only) November 14-15 Glass Flameworking – Core Vessel Forming Jewelry – Casting Wax to Silver BACK TO TOP Classes for Beginners Introduction to Fire Staff 5 sessions, starts Nov. 2 Learn the fundamental skills you need to spin a single fire […]